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Issue No. 2012

No to ending final salary pensions

Journalists in the NUJ union at Cumbrian Newspapers in Carlisle and Barrow have voted to ballot for industrial action over plans to scrap their pension scheme.

Parent company CN Group wants to close its final salary pension scheme to new and existing members from 1 November.

Julian Whittle, the NUJ Father of Chapel at Cumbrian Newspapers in Carlisle, said, “Some of our members will have their pensions cut by £4,000 or £5,000 a year.”

New offer in Yorkshire fight

Striking journalists in the NUJ union at South Yorkshire Newspapers were meeting on Tuesday of this week to discuss a new pay offer.

A ten-day strike brought management back to the negotiation table.

Journalists have agreed to return to work on Thursday of this week while the new pay deal is being drawn up over the next fortnight.

Merseyside ambulance workers strike

Ambulance workers on Merseyside struck for 48 hours last weekend in a dispute over new terms and conditions.

The workers are members of the Ambulance Service Union (ASU), a breakaway from the Unison union not recognised by the TUC.

Unison members were not involved in the strike, but among ASU members it was solid, according to ASU assistant general secretary Ray Carrick.

Ray said, “We now plan to hold talks with the department of health.

“It has become clear that talks with local management are futile because they can’t offer anything.”

He added that more strikes were possible if talks did not deliver for ASU members.

Hand cash to Robin Hood staff

Baggage handlers in the T&G union at Robin Hood airport near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, have voted to strike over pay.

The airport’s 35 handlers, who voted for industrial action two weeks ago because colleagues at Manchester and East Midlands airports earn £1 more an hour, rejected Servisair’s offer.

The original 2.4 percent was rejected in previous talks, and last week workers were balloted on an eleventh hour offer.

T&G regional industrial organiser John Evans said that the result was an overwhelming rejection of the latest offer.

Barnsley defends adult education

Almost 100 workers in the Unison and UCU unions working in the adult education service in Barnsley lobbied Labour councillors on Tuesday of last week.

They were protesting at proposed cuts of £500,000 from the adult education budget. Up to 20 jobs are at risk with widespread cuts in provision.

Campaigners are planning to set up a Save Adult Education campaign in the autumn.

Voting for action at Bmibaby

Pilots in the Balpa union at the Bmibaby airline are being balloted for a possible strike over pay that could take place in August.

Heathrow and Manchester could be among the airports affected if a BMI-wide strike occurs.

The move comes as Balpa says a pay increase was “imposed” on members.

The union has given BMI seven days’ notice that it intends to ballot pilots for strike action at the firm’s other two divisions - BMI Mainline and BMI Regional.

The ballot result will be announced on 16 August.

Defend Karen Reissmann

Karen Reissmann, newly elected to the health service group executive in the Unison union, is being threatened with disciplinary action by Manchester mental health trust.

A recent meeting of community staff voted to oppose a package of service cuts and ballot for strike action if necessary.

Three days later Karen received a letter notifying her of potential disciplinary action. She is accused of publicising planned job cuts to union members, even though these figures were in the public domain.

Karen’s workmates see this as an attempt to undermine union activity.

lProtest to chief executive Laura Roberts. Fax 0161 882 1090 or e-mail

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Sat 5 Aug 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2012
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